An African Jungle adventure with a guy in a gorilla suit; an underweight Tarzan clone; a jungle girl; chimps; a visiting tiger; ethnically confused African natives; and lots of stock footage. Don't ask about the screenplay.
Directed by Robert Emmett Tansey.
Released in 1950.
May 27, 2014
Bottom Of The Barrel Jungle flick
I hesitate to call Jack Schwarz a schlock, bottom of the barrel producer only because in the ten or so years he produced films a few of his "B" productions had merit. This is not one of them. Frances Kavanaugh's and Bob Tansey's take on the Tarzan/Bomba The Jungle Boy franchise is almost completely without merit of any kind. Don C. Harvey was a good actor but has nothing to do but mostly stand around while narration in his head is heard on the sound track or he's doing reaction shots while watching too many wild animal cut-ins. Forrest Taylor, another old hand, much the same situation. This film is so static and so obviously made as quickly as possible, it couldn't be anything but a grade Z bomb, which it is. Kudos to the man in the Gorilla suit, probably "Crash Corrigan", he has his part down pat.
This film went straight to the bottom of double bills everywhere at the time.
Harvey would have a long career in television and "B" films into 1963. His last screen appearance was in the acclaimed "It's A Mad Mad Mad World", shortly after which he passed away at age 51 from a heart ailment. An "A" finish to a "B" career.
If you are a "jungle" buff watch this if you must, otherwise pass it by. Good picture and sound for what it's worth.